Carlos “The Solution” Morales and Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta will clash on Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights

LOS ANGELES: Carlos “The Solution” Morales (19-4-3, 8 KOs) and Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (32-3-2, 17 KOs) will clash in a 10-round lightweight battle between experienced contenders in the main event of the Nov. 13 edition of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed live on RingTV.com and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

Morales is a 29-year-old former regional champion who exceeded all expectations despite beginning his career with a record of one loss and three draws. Contrary to what one might expect from a start like that, the native of Tulancingo, Hidalgo, Mexico then began a 16-fight win streak, including huge victories against Luis Franco for the NABA Super Featherweight Title and Charles Huerta to defend that belt. Morales has had some setbacks since then, but against tough fighters such as former world champion Alberto “Explosivo” Machado, Ryan Garcia and Rene Alvarado. However, Morales is now campaigning at 135 pounds, where he has already scored two victories and is looking for a big challenge in Gesta.

Gesta is a 31-year-old Filipino contender who has challenged for a world title on two occasions. Indeed, Gesta faced former world champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez in 2012 and challenged former unified champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares in 2018. Though facing a tough upset loss to Juan Antonio “Mozo” Rodriguez in the first installment of Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights, Gesta has joined forces with Marvin Somodio and is looking for another shot at a world title.

In the co-main event, Charles Huerta (21-6, 12 KOs) of Paramount, Calif. will face Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (30-6, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a 10-round fight for the WBO Latino Super Featherweight Title. Both men are eager to reach a top spot in the 130-pound rankings, which make a victory extremely necessary in this fight. Needless to say, these contenders plan to steal the show on Nov. 14.

Travell “Black Magic” Mazion (15-0, 12 KOs) of Austin, Texas will fight in a 10-round super welterweight battle. Martin Saldaña (12-0, 5 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif. will participate in a six-round super welterweight clash. Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (13-1, 8 KOs) ofNezahualcoyotl, Mexico will make his highly anticipated return in a six-round featherweight fight against experienced warrior Diuhl Olguin (14-12-3, 9 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico. Oscar “El Motorcito” Acevedo (5-0) de Garden City, Kansas will return in a four-round super featherweight bout. Rene Moreno (2-0, 2 KOs) of Las Vegas will open the night in a four-round super featherweight fight.

Opponents for the undercard will be announced shortly.

Conor McGregor “Agreed” To Fight WBO Champion Luke Keeler In December Boxing Match

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According to Keeler, McGregor verbally agreed to a boxing match after ‘Cool Hand{‘s}’ callout

Speaking with IrishBoxing.com recently, Keeler had this to say; “I don’t want to get into it too much, but I know he wasn’t happy about the call out. He is not happy. The fight community in Ireland is small enough and Crumlin isn’t too far from Ballyfermot, and I heard he wasn’t happy with the timing of it. He rang me and we had a few words. I told him the fight was there to be made and he was all for it. He agreed to fight over the phone. I agree it could be just all talk. Whether he has the balls or not to get in the ring again, never mind with me, we will have to see. He could have just been trying to front up or speaking in anger. But it got to the stage where I felt comfortable enough passing onto my management.”

McGregor cryptically tweeted on Sunday, “December 14th. Dublin“, with many speculating a return to the Octagon on the already finalized UFC 245 card in Las Vegas, but it now seems the SBG product is in line to face with middleweight boxing best Keeler.Former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, has allegedly agreed to a December return to boxing, in a clash with WBO European champion ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Keeler. The Dubliner who scored an August upset over Luis Arias called for a boxing match with the Crumlin native, labeling him a “bully” in relation to McGregor’s April attack on a patron at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh.

McGregor’s first and so far only foray into the squared circle came back in a 2017 meeting with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jr. In a match billed, “The Biggest Fight In Combat Sports History.” Mayweather moved to a perfect 50-0 via a tenth round knock out of McGregor.

Greg Cohen Promotions Inks Long-Term Promotional Contract with UK-based Contender Jimmy Kelly Jr.

Greg Cohen Promotions proudly announces the signing of former world title challenger Jimmy Kelly Jr., to a long-term promotional contract.

27-year-old Kelly (24-2, 9 KOs), from Manchester, has recently moved up to middleweight under the guidance of renowned trainer Anthony Farnell and has linked up with Clearwater Management and Havoc Management and Advisory as he bids to launch a second attempt at a world title under the Greg Cohen Promotions banner.

Kelly discussed his link up with Greg Cohen Promotions, “I am absolutely over the moon to be working with Greg Cohen Promotions and I have to thank the team at GCP for giving me this amazing opportunity along with my management team headed up by James Mulvilli and Andre Rozier who have done a brilliant job with me so far.

“Greg Cohen Promotions have always been a mainstay in world boxing and have a great record in taking fighters to the next level and getting them the right opportunities. That’s what I need in my career right now and I believe that my new team is capable of delivering me the opportunity to fight for a world title when they feel the time is correct.”

Greg Cohen, who has been an influential guiding light for fighters from all over the world for several decades weighed in on his latest trans-Atlantic acquisition.

Cohen said, “Jimmy Kelly Jr is a great young fighter who still has his best years ahead of him. I have followed Jimmy’s career for some years now and I always believed that with the correct promotional team around him he would become a world champion and a global star.

“Jimmy now has that team around him and I am really excited to be working alongside Andre Rozier, James Mulvilli and their respective teams as now put the wheels in motion to deliver Jimmy the big fights he craves.”

Andre Rozier also gave his take on Kelly Jr’s link up with Greg Cohen Promotions. The Brooklyn native said, “Jimmy Kelly Jr is a wonderful young man with lots of potential and we at Havoc Management and Advisory believed that Greg Cohen Promotions would be a perfect fit for Jimmy as Greg and the team have deep-rooted experience in working with non US-based fighters and getting them the right opportunities at the right times.

“I am delighted that we could bring this deal to fruition and I have very high hopes for Jimmy Kelly Jr going forward.”

Undefeated record will give Errol Spence Jr the edge against Shawn Porter

It’s a feat all boxers cherish, that of going as long as possible without losing a professional fight. Few have survived an entire career without tasting the bitter pain of defeat, and the elite list of those who have includes the likes of Floyd Mayweather and Joe Calzaghe, legends of the sport to whom many of the current crop aspire to emulate.

Errol Spence Jr has his sights set on matching such an achievement, and having won all 25 of his professional bouts to date, the New York fighter has made significant waves in the welterweight division. In addition to his unbeaten record, Spence holds the IBF

Welterweight title, which he will be defending in his upcoming fight against fellow American Shawn Porter on the 28th September. Porter also brings his WBC welterweight title to the ring for this mouth-watering unification showdown.

You will find the odds for Spence Jr v Porter boxing match list Spence as the heavy favourite for the clash at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and much of that is undoubtedly down to Spence’s undefeated record. When boxing fans become so used to seeing a fighter triumph time and time again, it is difficult to envisage any other outcome when that boxer steps into the ring. That is the case with Spence, whose career to date has been a story of knockout blows and ruthless performances, living up to the hype that has been generated around him.
A major statement came in 2017 when Spence defeated British boxer Kell Brook in Sheffield to claim the IBF title, knocking out a fighter who had held the belt for three years. Since then Spence’s stock has continued to rise, and although he couldn’t knock Mikey Garcia out in his last fight, it was another convincing performance over twelve rounds.

The longer Spence goes without losing, the more fear he will strike in his opponents. Boxing so often hinges on a fighter’s mentality and strength of character, and as long as Spence’s undefeated record remains intact he will have that extra edge over his opponent mentally. For Porter, a boxer who has lost two fights in his career, to Keith Thurman and Brook – who Spence of course knocked out – he must guard against a sense of inadequacy ahead of this bout. Confidence is key in boxing, but a record as impressive as Spence’s is always going to sow a seed of doubt in the mind of opponents.

There is a certain aura around an undefeated boxer, the kind of aura that Floyd Mayweather held throughout his career. When it came to fighting Conor McGregor a few years ago, Mayweather’s boxing pedigree undoubtedly heaped the pressure upon the Irish mixed martial artist turned boxer. It’s that kind of pressure that Spence can continue to apply as long as he remains unbeaten.

On the flip side, however, a chance to fight an undefeated boxer can motivate an opponent even more. That would have been the case for Andy Ruiz Jr in the heavyweight division when he defeated the unbeaten Anthony Joshua at Madison Square Gardens back in June. Perhaps Porter will in fact be relishing this opportunity to prove himself.

Of course, there are other factors which influence Spence’s status as favourite ahead of fighting Porter. His height and reach advantage undoubtedly give him an edge, as well as his vastly superior knockout percentage. However, in a sport like boxing, mental factors play a huge role, and if he is to taste victory in Los Angeles, Porter will have to overcome the daunting prospect of facing a fighter who knows not what defeat feels like.

Michel Rivera, Jonathan Esquivel and Petr Khamukov Compete in Separate Attractions on FS2 PBC Fight Night Prelims

BAKERSFIELD, CA.: Unbeaten prospects will enter the ring as lightweight Michel Rivera competes in an eight-round bout against Jose Luis Gallegos, middleweight Jonathan Esquivel steps in for an eight-round fight against Justin Steave and middleweight Petr Khamukov duels Randy Fuentes in a four or six round showdown on Saturday, September 21 as part of FS2 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT from Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, California.

Jeison Rosario was originally scheduled to face Bakhram Murtazaliev in Prelims action, but was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury.

The event is headlined by former world champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin dueling hard-hitting Alfredo Angulo in a 12-round super middleweight showdown in the main event of FS1 PBC Fight Night and on FOX Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are on sale now and can be purchased at www.rabobankarena.com and AXS.com.

Undercard attractions are highlighted by undefeated bantamweight Antonio Russell (15-0, 11 KOs) battling former title challenger David Carmona (21-6-5, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout and 2016 U.S. Olympian Gary Antuanne Russell (10-0, 10 KOs) in an eight round super lightweight attraction against Mexico’s Mario Alberto Perez Navarro (5-4-2, 2 KOs). Plus, unbeaten lightweight Jerry Perez (11-0, 8 KOs) takes on Colombia’s Marlon Olea (14-5, 12 KOs) in an eight-round fight, Mexican prospect Francisco Ochoa (15-0, 9 KOs) faces Clay Burns (8-5-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight tussle and Oklahoma City’s Aaron Morales (7-0, 3 KOs) duels Los Angeles-native Sergio Quiroz (6-2, 1 KO) for an eight-round bantamweight match.

Additional fights include unbeaten Viktor Slavinskyi in an eight round super featherweight attraction against Phoenix’s Jesus Aguinaga, undefeated bantamweight Robert Rodriguez battling Mexico’s Hugo Rodriguez in a six-round fight. Rounding out the fights are bouts featuring unbeaten bantamweight Jose Balderas stepping into the ring for a six-round bantamweight battle against Houston’s Josue Morales and a six-round super bantamweight showdown featuring Los Angeles-native Daniel Guzman taking on Mexico’s Roberto Pucheta.

The 21-year-old Rivera (16-0, 10 KOs) turned pro in 2016 and is unbeaten, including a 10-round decision victory over then undefeated Marco Acevedo in 2017. Fighting out of his native Dominican Republic, Rivera made his U.S. debut in June with a victory over previously unbeaten Rene Tellez Giron. He will be opposed by the 24-year-old Gallegos (16-7, 12 KOs) who fights out of Chicago

Representing Anaheim, California, Esquivel (11-0, 10 KOs) most recently delivered a first round knockout over Gregory Clark in July and has knocked out his last three opponents. A pro since 2017, the 24-year-old will take on the 33-year-old Steave (10-2, 4 KOs) who fights out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has won four of his last five fights entering September 21.

A 2016 Russian Olympian, Khamukov (3-0) turned pro in 2018 and has picked up three victories, including most recently defeating Nodar Tskhovrebadze in February. The 28-year-old will be opposed by the 31-year-old Fuentes (9-8-1, 2 KOs), who fights out of McAllen, Texas and is coming off a decision victory in July.

Petr Petrov Back on Thompson Boxing’s Main Event This Friday, Sept. 20

ORANGE, Calif.: In a chaotic turn of events, former lightweight contender Petr Petrov (40-6-2, 21 KOs) is back on Thompson Boxing’s “Locked n’ Loaded” main event scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 20, from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.

Over the weekend, Petrov, 36, was close to finalizing a deal as a last minute replacement for Ryan Garcia, but the agreement never materialized and left Garcia off the Los Angeles-area card he was headlining on Saturday.

“Things like this happen,” said Petrov, who will face Tennessee’s Dedrick Bell (23-30-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night. “I’ve switched my focus back onto Bell and making sure I’m ready for whatever he brings.”

Petrov, who lives in Madrid, Spain, but conducts most of his training camp in sparring-rich Los Angeles, is back on the title hunt after coming up empty two years ago against then WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan. His eight-round fight against Bell will be his third fight of the year after scoring two knockout wins in March and May.

Bell, on the other hand, is in the midst of his best run since turning professional ten years ago. He has won five in a row and 11 of his last 12.

Tickets for “Locked n’ Loaded” are priced at $40 and $100 and are available for purchase at ThompsonBoxing.com, or by calling 714-935-0900.

All fights will be streamed live on TB Presents: Locked n’ Loaded via our Facebook page, YouTube channel and ThompsonBoxing.com. Beto Duran will handle blow-by-blow duties, while Doug Fischer provides expert, color commentary. The livestream starts at 8:00 p.m. PT / 11:00 p.m. ET.

In the co-feature, junior bantamweight prospect Mario Hernandez (9-1-1, 3 KOs) of Santa Ana, Calif. faces Jesse Ruiz (6-3-2, 5 KOs) of Tucson, Ariz. is a bout set for six-rounds.

Featherweight veteran Isaac Zarate (16-5-3, 2 KOs) of San Pedro, Calif. meets Roberto Meza (12-2, 6 KOs) of Temecula, Calif. in a scheduled six-rounder.

Also on “Locked n’ Loaded,” unbeaten featherweight prospect Anthony Chavez (8-0, 3 KOs) of Redlands, Calif. fights Aleem Jumakhonov (7-2-2, 4 KOs) of Reseda, Calif. (six-rounds).

Opening the show are featherweights Arnold Dinong (5-0, 1 KO) of Daly City, Calif. and Prisco Marquez (4-1-1, 1 KO) of Austin, Tex. (six-rounds).

Reno boxers will continue its rich boxing tradition on UFC Fight Pass

LAS VEGAS: The next wave of Reno boxers will continue its rich boxing tradition October 25 on “RJJ Boxing on UFC FIGHT PASS®,” co-promoted by Joey Gilbert Promotions in association with Silver Legacy Resort Casino at THE ROW in Reno, Nevada.

The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS, the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT, from inside the Grande Exposition Hall at Silver Legacy.

Local boxers such as featherweight Ricardo Lucio Galvan (2-0, 2 KOs) and super lightweight Wilfred Mariano (1-0, 1 KO) are all slated to fight on the Oct. 25th card against opponents to be determined.

Organized boxing was held during the early 1880’s in small mining towns in the Northwest section of Nevada, professional boxing matches were conducted there later that century.

Hall of Fame promoter Tex Richard and legendary heavyweight Jack Johnson first put Reno on the boxing map on July 4, 1910, when World heavyweight champion successfully defending his title against James J. Jeffries, stopping him in the 15th round at what was reportedly the only venue ever built for a single boxing event. When President William Taft declined Richard’s offer to referee, Richards became the third man in the ring. Boxing stars including Jake Kilrain, Tommy Burns, and Abe Attell were introduced to the reported crowd of 16,528.

Richard first brought another Hall of Fame heavyweight champion, Jack Dempsey, to Reno in 1915 for his ninth pro fight, when Dempsey stopped Emmanuel Campbell in the fourth round at Airdrome Arena. To fight, Dempsey had to “ride the rails” from Utah to Reno, stored away on a train with hobos. Dempsey returned three years later to knockout Jack Moran in the opening round at Moana Spring Arena.

Dempsey may have been involved in unsanctioned fights in Reno as well. Desperate for money during the early part of his boxing career, Dempsey is infamous for walking into saloons and saying, “I can’t sing, and I can’t dance, but I can lick any SOB in the house.”

In 1982 on HBO, future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Ray Leonard successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight World titles at Centennial Coliseum, knocking out Bruce Finch in round three.

Reno-based Gilbert’s first three (2001-2003) and last three (2010) pro fights were held in Reno, where he had a 7-2 (6 KOs) pro record.

Gilbert commented, “Having fought as both an amateur and a professional at these same properties; THE ROW, Eldorado, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus, which are like a second home to me and all Nevada boxing alumni, it’s really an honor to bring boxing and combat sports back to Northern Nevada, a true fight town, and to provide world class entertainment and an incredible digital production through Roy Jones JR Boxing and UFC FIGHT PASSs, in a partnership with the very casinos and environment that helped make me who I am today; I couldn’t be more delighted to be a part of this opportunity with Eldorado Resorts and UFC Fight Pass through Roy Jones Jr Promotions. I’m looking forward to a prosperous partnership with everyone involved, including the local community and all fight fans in the area.”

Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane was an adopted son of Reno, arguably the No. 1 referee in the world of boxing, during his high-profile stretch of activity.

Reno has also hosted major amateur boxing events like the 2016 NCBA (college) Western Regional Championships at the Eldorado Hotel and USA Boxing’s 2018 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open. Reno will host the 2020 Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open, March 21-28, 2020.

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Kendo “Tremendo” Castaneda (16-0, 7 KOs), fighting out of San Antonio, faces Estonia-native Stan Martyniouk (20-2, 6 KOs), who lives in Belmont, California, in the eight-round main event on Oct. 25th.

The co-featured event pits undefeated Sacramento cruiserweight Blake McKernan (10-0, 2 KOs) against Francisco Rivas (15-2, 5 KOs), of Mexico, in an eight-round bout.

Undefeated WIBA World female bantamweight champion Rosalindo Rodriguez (10-0, 2 KOs), of Miami, takes on Las Vegas’ unbeaten Jamie “The Miracle” Mitchell (5-0-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round non-title fight.

Galvan is matched against Sacramento’s pro-debuting Samir McQueen, while Mariano faces an opponent to be determined.

Also scheduled to fight on the undercard in separate four-round bouts against TBAs are undefeated Las Vegas lightweight Daquan Mays (3-0, 1 KO) and Sacramento lightweight Sergio Vega (2-0, 2 KOs).

All fights and fighters are subject to change.